3 advices for new festival-goers by Peter

1) Bring cash

Nowadays, a lot of music festivals are switching over to cash-less methods of payment like credit cards, debit cards, or pre-loaded festival bands. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to not bring ANY cash at all… even if you are at one of these cash-less events.

The main reason you will want to have cash on you is because many of the fashion, art, and food vendors that roam festival grounds will only accept cash. If you don’t bring cash and you do decide that you want to purchase something from one of these vendors, you will be stuck with a higher-than-normal surcharge at the on-site ATM machines. You’re better off stopping at your bank on the way, and withdrawing enough cash for the weekend.

2) Secure your valuables

To follow up on the above, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you keep all of your valuables somewhere secure. This includes any loose cash, important electronics, credit cards, ID’s etc. Anything that you will not need or be using at the time needs to be tucked away somewhere safe.

Festival thievery is very common especially at large camping music festivals. At Okeechobee in 2017, a man was pulled over(link to therooster website that will explain you the problem) on his way out of the festival with nearly 600 stolen cellphones on him. Think about that for a second… SIX HUNDRED.

You do not want to be the person that gets your weekend ruined because someone robbed you of your most important valuables. The best way to avoid this is to keep these items locked away in whatever vehicle you came in. If you do not have access to a vehicle, then keep everything that is important with you at all times (in your bag, or fanny pack) or tucked away inside of your tent.

By far the worst thing that you can do is leave your valuable items laying out in the open, or in a place where a pickpocket could easily snag them.

3) Don’t forget about the Merch tent

Music Festival tips? Take my money!

Music festival merchandise tends to run on the expensive end of the spectrum, especially with shirts sometimes going for over $30. But in my opinion, you should always buy some sort of merchandise or keepsake item at a music festival. If you’re on a budget, go for the cheaper items like key-chains, stickers, or pins.

I’ve found that having some sort of merchandise to remind  yourself of the music festival serves as a great way to keep that positive memory with you for many years to come.

 

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